Selah and the Spades

2020

Selah and the Spades

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In the closed world of an elite Pennsylvania boarding school, Haldwell, the student body is run by five factions. Seventeen-year-old Selah Summers (Lovie Simone) runs the most dom-inant group, the Spades, with unshakable poise, as they cater to the most classic of vices and supply students with coveted, illegal alcohol and pills. Tensions between the factions escalate, and when Selah's best friend/right hand Maxxie (MOONLIGHT's Jharrel Jerome) becomes distracted by a new love, Selah takes on a protégée, enamored sophomore Palo-ma (Celeste O'Connor), to whom she imparts her wisdom on ruling the school. But with graduation looming and Paloma proving an impressively quick study, Selah's fears turn sin-ister as she grapples with losing the control by which she defines herself.

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  • Selah and the Spades shows a great deal of promise for writer/director Tayarisha Poe, who demands your attention with style and story in her directorial debut.

    February 9, 2019 | Full Review…
  • The film has more style than plot, but that style is terrific.

    February 1, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

    Amy Nicholson

    Variety
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  • Quietly confident in its unconventional yet clear point of view, Selah and the Spades signals a bright future for a promising young filmmaker.

    January 29, 2019 | Full Review…
  • [Poe] knows the dynamics that interest her. It's her film, though, that lacks texture beyond its veneer, wavering uneasily between the abstruse and the conventional.

    January 17, 2020 | Full Review…
  • Poe might represent the first sign [...] of a new vanguard with the potential to radically shift the way we portray and think about young people on screen.

    June 25, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Selah and The Spades powerfully gives voice to a form of unlikeable black girlhood, allowing Selah and her peers to be human, even if that means being shitty.

    February 19, 2019 | Full Review…

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